Crowd buys into Masters champ

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

ANCASTER -- To understand what Mike Weir means to the Canadian Open, walk toward the retail tent near the 18th hole. Before you can even enter the tent, you\'ll find a rack of $14.99 T-shirts featuring a small Canadian flag on the front and \"Go Mike\" on the back. Hanging on the rack is a large tag, saying, \"Support Our Man!!!\"

The fans sure have.

\"The shirts are coming off the silkscreeners daily and we\'re selling them as they come off,\" said Natalie Henrie, vice-president of business development for Golf Town. \"We\'re replenishing every day.\"

When the Masters champion made his way to the 18th yesterday, the fans streamed into the tent.

\"There was just a river of people coming in,\" Henrie said. \"It was like the dam opened.\"

When Weir is on course, sales go up.

\"We saw a significant impact earlier in the week because (Weir) was here early for rounds and we saw a big difference in traffic early (yesterday because of Weir\'s 8 a.m., tee time),\" Henrie said.

\"People talked about it being a weak field, but it doesn\'t make a difference. The buzz is \'Go Canada.\' \"


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